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Community Advocacy: An Eclectic Mix of Impressive Things

As we see the world become more and more divided, it is important to think about community advocacy. The most powerful thing that we can do as a community of activists is to come together to create change. In this post, I will discuss how you can impact your local level by creating your own local group for activism and advocating for change in your area.

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Introduction to Community Advocacy

You’re reading this post because you care about the world and want to make a difference. You are an activist, and we need your help! I will do my best to make this blog post easy to read so that everyone can understand it. The bottom line is: every single person has the power to advocate for their community’s needs. If you have a minute, please read on. It will take less than 2 minutes of your time, but it could change someone’s life forever.

Community advocacy history

The Community Action Movement of the 1960s is credited with providing a framework for community-based activism for decades to come. This movement was instrumental in creating and implementing many still used programs, such as Head Start and Medicaid. Congress passed the Community Action Programs Act (CAP) in 1967, which created funding opportunities for grassroots organizations.

These organizations were formed to provide local leadership on social issues and economic development activities in their communities. In addition to CAP, other legislation has helped develop this type of advocacy work, including the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 and the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.

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Why it’s time for Activists to come out of the shadows

It’s time to be seen for what we are: a powerful force in this world that cannot be ignored any longer. The history of community advocacy should inspire us all to persevere and never give up on fighting for justice.

In the last few years, we’ve seen a dramatic rise in people protesting for social justice. In some cases, these protests have been peaceful and used to get their voices heard. Other times, they have been more violent and had many consequences such as injury or death. Sometimes it’s hard to know your role when you see something happening on the news or hear about injustice from someone else, but you’re unsure how to help.

The best thing you can do is educate yourself about the issues that are going on in your community and find out if there are any groups already doing work around them so that you can support them by volunteering time or money, donating supplies (if possible), educating others through conversation or writing.

How to get your voice heard

You can use hashtags to find like-minded people and create communities that will amplify your message. The power of a single tweet or Facebook post is incredible! Your voice matters so much more than you might think, so go out there and make an impact by getting involved in community advocacy.

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When it seems that the world is going to shit, it’s so great to have people in our lives who are fighting for good. These amazing people are community advocates, and they’re on the front lines of making change happen.

Community advocacy means using your voice to help make decisions about how we as humans live together and take care of each other. Community Advocates work with institutions like hospitals, schools, governments, and corporations – but their number one focus is you.

They want you to be healthy, educated, and happy. They want you to be safe from abuse or violence at home or school. They want you- yes YOU-to know what your rights are under local law.

The pros of community advocacy

You get to know the different needs of people in your community, and it also helps with awareness. The cons of advocacy are that it takes an immense amount of time and energy to complete. It is great if the person can commit themselves to the task.

  • Community advocacy is what we do when we talk about people’s issues within their neighborhood or area.
  • We become activists by using our “voice” and speaking for them. Community activism can take many forms, such as protesting, educating, or providing for some needs in the community.
  • We can advocate for an issue, which may be political or non-political. We can provide food out of the back of our cars (food politic), promote awareness by putting signs around people’s yards or overpasses, etc.

To become a community advocate, there must first be an organization in place that is working towards a common goal and objective as you are. This gives the person wanting to become involved something to follow and a “leader.” It would also help them get started with their own group. Once they have made connections within this group, it is easier for them to move forward with their ideas and goals because they will already have people who believe in what they are doing from day one.

To sum it up, an advocate works to help and aid in the lives of different people. When a person chooses to use their voice to speak up for others, it can take its toll on them. It can cause them stress on whether or not they are making a difference.

When advocating for causes that are important to you, try to figure out if your idea or group has any direct connections with an existing organization that gets funding from another source like foundations, government agencies (like CDC), corporations, etc., instead of trying to start something new.

There may already be groups doing similar work but without as much public exposure. Some organizations such as Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America exist solely because of single individuals fighting for what they believed in and acting on their beliefs. As a result of these individuals, the organizations were created by people who worked for them.

The many ways to do community advocacy

  • One can volunteer within an organization they support or start their own group working towards something important.
  • They can also join an existing group, listen to what needs are not being met, and then work on meeting those needs.
  • One can come up with a plan together as a group about accomplishing what you want to be done or need to be accomplished.

You start getting involved by either taking a class in college or learning more through books etc… It is important when starting that one does not jump into something too fast. They need to take their time and look at what they want to be an advocate for. People often get too caught up in trying to make a change when there are actually bigger issues that need the most attention. Once you become an advocate, it is important that you stay passionate and motivated because it can be easy to lose interest or feel as if your efforts are futile.


You’re not alone. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, the National Council for Community and Education Services tips may help.

1) Find out what is needed by your community.

2) Identify potential partners who can help with your project or event.

3) Decide how you will fund the project or event

4) Create a plan that outlines specific goals and timelines

5) Implement the plan!

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